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04/03/2018
Jasmine Albertson
Photo by Shawn Brackbill

As the release date for Beach House’s seventh studio album, 7, draws near, the duo have shared the third single from the album. Titled “Dark Spring,” the song draws stronger influence from shoegaze than the band’s previous dream pop soundscape. The track also comes with a video directed by Zia Anger, a brooding black and white clip that floats through an array of different dark imagery sequences.  Zanger said the project was “a very organic thing made with a lot of people (who are also filmmakers), that I love and trust. An anomaly in process.” The song follows previous singles “Lemon Glow” and “Dive.” 7 is out May 11 via Sub Pop. [ Rolling Stone ]

 


Last year, Zola Jesus released Okovi, her fifth studio album. Today, Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) has shared a Johnny Jewel remix of “Ash to Bone,” off the album. The song comes alongside a video directed by Danilova and Jenni Hensler, featuring shots of Danilova wandering and crawling through the city streets interspersed between shots of her in a white studio with blood pouring out of her mouth. Danilova says of Jewel’s remix: “As a longtime fan of Johnny Jewel’s work … it was surreal to hear him re-work ‘Ash To Bone.’ Hearing his arrangement was like experiencing a collision of musical worlds. It was as if this is how the song was always supposed to sound.” While Jewel said of the song: “I had the a capella playing on loop one morning in the piano room. Her lyrics were so vividly mournful through the hazy fog … I turned over the hourglass, pulled back the curtains, opened the window, and let Nika’s voice soar.” The remix will be included in the upcoming B-sides collection Okovi: Additions, out this Friday, April 6 on Sacred Bones. [ Stereogum ]

 


The Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger is releasing a new album next month called Rebound. Today, she’s shared the second single from the album, “Make Me a Song,” along with a video directed by Scott Jacobson that sees Friedberger as a sort of aimless woman, trying to find meaning or spiritual connection via morning jogs and a reiki no touch healer. Friedberger had this to say about the song in a press release: "Despite the refrain 'I could love you more,' 'Make Me a Song' is not a love song. It was inspired by an encounter with a born-again Christian musician I met while living in Athens. Over dinner he confessed: 'I love Jesus; Jesus is my best friend.' I was surprised -- and even more surprised later, when I was searching for the right tone and lyrics for a song that could be long, meditative, and unifying. I wanted to write a song about wanting to try harder and not knowing how; a song about writing songs that urge us to vibrate and resonate!" Rebound follows 2016’s New View and is out May 4 on Frenchkiss. [ Under the Radar ]

 


Melody Prochet is finally releasing the long-awaited follow-up to her beloved 2012 debut as Melody’s Echo Chamber. Her sophomore album is called Bon Voyage and was intended for release last year before the French singer got in a “serious accident” (the exact details of which are still unknown), causing her to put the album release on hold and cancel her planned tour. She seems to be doing fine now and is on track for release. Previously she’d shared the lead single “Cross My Heart” and today she’s followed that up with psych-pop track “Breathe In, Breathe Out.” It comes with a trippy animated video by Daniel Foothead aka Dr D Foothead. Bon Voyage was recorded with Dungen’s Reine Fiske and the Amazing’s Fredrik Swahn, and will be released June 15 on Fat Possum. [ Consequence of Sound ]

 


Portland ambient artist Liz Harris is releasing a new Grouper album at the end of the month called Grid of Points. Today, she’s shared the intimate, hauntingly gorgeous piano ballad “Driving,” making the anticipation for the new album even higher. Harris has said that the new album was inspired by “the idea that something is missing or cold.” She explained more thoroughly: “The intimacy and abbreviation of this music allude to an essence that the songs lyrics speak more directly of. The space left after matter has departed, a stage after the characters have gone, the hollow of some central column, missing.” Grid of Points is out April 27 via Chicago label Kranky Records. [ Gorilla vs. Bear ]

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